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The entire state of Massachusetts is within the New England Framework. Massachusetts is composed of two Ecological Provinces, the Eastern Broadleaf Forest (221), and the Adirondack-New England Mixed Forest (M211). Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change on New England’s diverse forests will help us maintain their many benefits for years to come.

Use the menu above to explore Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Forest Adaptation Resources, and Demonstration Projects in Massachusetts or return to the New England Climate Change Response Framework.

Please contact Maria Janowiak to learn more about this effort. 

Demonstration Projects

  • The Trustees worked with a consulting forester to develop a ten-year forest stewardship plan for Notchview that incorporates climate change adaptation as one component of management. Other management needs include recreational trails and invasive species control.

    Lowland/ wetland conifers, Maria, New England, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Plantations, MA, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Recreation, Regeneration, Wildlife habitat

  • Mass Audubon is working to demonstrate best forest management practices for songbird conservation and climate change on a 1,000-acre Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary.

    Maria, New England, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Diseases, MA, NGO, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Restoration, Wildlife habitat

  • The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is using a timber harvest to retain vulnerable conifer species in the most suitable locations, while simultaneously promoting a diversity of future-adapted tree species in other areas.

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, MA, Upland conifers, Upland hardwoods

  • Staff from DWSP used the Adaptation Workbook to consider how to assess and monitor potential climate change impacts using the established Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI), which is implemented across these two watersheds.

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MA

  • The Town of Pelham Conservation Commission and Kestrel Land Trust has developed a forest stewardship plan for the community forest. The plan integrated climate change when outlining future forest management activities.

    Maria, New England, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Municipal, MA, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Water resources, Wildlife habitat

  • The City has completed a comprehensive Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and is developing a Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience Plan. The urban forest is viewed as both a resource with vulnerabilities to climate change and an asset in helping the community manage the impacts of climate change.

    Leslie, New England, Urban, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Municipal, Diseases, MA, Urban, Planting

  • The Franklin Land Trust is working with Trout Unlimited and other partners to implement a series of actions to help riparian forests and coldwater streams adapt to climate change.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Fish habitat, MA, NGO, Infrastructure, Refugia, Restoration, Water resources

  • Staff from the Forestry Division of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for timber sale on state forest land. This project focused on stream crossings on the main access road used for forest management activities.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, MA, Upland hardwoods, Water resources

  • Staff from the Forestry Division of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for timber sale on 42 acres of state forest land.

    Drought, Maria, New England, Flooding, Planning, State, Insect pests, Oak, Demonstration Projects, MA, Planting, Wildlife habitat

  • Staff from the Management Forestry Program of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation used the Adaptation Workbook to consider climate change risks and management opportunities for a timber sale on approximately 101 acres of state forest land.

    Maria, New England, State, Action, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, MA, Upland hardwoods

  • The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned wildlife refuge with over 8,000 acres of upland forest and aquatic habitats located on the border of south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The Sanctuary is implementing actions to maintain forest habitats under a changing climate and sharing those experiences with other landowners through the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership.

    CT, Maria, New England, Flooding, Action, Demonstration Projects, MA, Private, Wildlife habitat, Forest threats

  • Trout Unlimited New England is working with partners to implement a series of actions to help riparian forests and coldwater streams adapt to climate change.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Fish habitat, MA, Infrastructure, Private, Refugia, Restoration, VT, Water resources

  • The Greater Worcester Land Trust is considering how its current conservation actions can also create forests better adapted to changing climate conditions.

    Maria, New England, Planning, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, MA, Urban, Private

Partners

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Products

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  • Workshop

    Preparing Urban Forests in the Boston Region for Climate Change

    Draft Agenda for Preparing Urban Forests in the Boston Region for Climate Change workshop, January 24-25, Cambridge, MA

    New England, Urban, Workshop, MA

  • Brief

    Adapting Watersheds To Ecosystem And Climate Stressors

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) is launching a new intiative that will build on the success of the Forest Adaptation Resources and associated Adaptation Workbook that have be...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Brief, IL, Demonstration Projects, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV

  • Workshop

    Preparing Urban Forests in the Boston Region for Climate Change

    January 24: Preparing for Climate Change Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stratton Student Center Cambridge, MA   Urban and community forestry professionals face the tremendous challenge of deve...

    New England, Urban, Workshop, Demonstration Projects, MA

  • Workshop

    Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices: Online Training 2018

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub offered the popular Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online, seven-week course! The w...

    CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Workshop, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • Brief

    Considerations for Your Woodlot – Resources for Foresters and Landowners

    Several partners, including the American Forest Foundation, the New England Forestry Foundation, and the Northern Insitute of Applied Climate Science, have developed a series of resources for climate...

    CT, New England, Brief, Demonstration Projects, MA

  • PPT

    Operationalizing environmental justice through tools and approaches of the Climate Change Response Framework

    Chris Swanston gave this invited presentation at the 2017 Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium. A summary of this presentation has also been published in the conference proceedings.   ...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, Partnerships, IL, Demonstration Projects, IN, PPT, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • PPT

    Forest Adaptation Examples

    Presentation by Patricia Butler at the International Association of Landscape Ecology's 2016 Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, USA

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Demonstration Projects, PPT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VT, WV

  • Video

    Climate Change Impacts for New England Forests

    This recorded presentation described observed and projected climate change impacts for forests across New England.  This presentation draws on information from a soon-to-be-published vulnerability ass...

    CT, New England, Video, Vulnerability Assessment, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • PPT

    Introducing the Online Adaptation Workbook

    NIACS hosted a webinar to introduce the online Adaptation Workbook. The presentation explained how this new tool works and how it can help you integrate climate change considerations into your work. ...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, PPT, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • PPT

    Climate Change Atlas for New England

    The Climate Change Atlas is a useful tool that assesses the potential changes in habitat for common tree and bird species in the eastern United States. New data have been prepared for 107 tree species...

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI

  • PPT

    Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change: The Climate Change Tree Atlas

    Presentation by Louis Iverson of the US Forest Service Northern Research Station at the New England Society of American Foresters 2015 Winter Meeting.

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

  • PPT

    Woods, Water, and Wildlife: Designing Management Actions for Changing Conditions

    Presentation by Maria Janowiak at the New England Society of American Foresters 2015 Winter Meeting

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, ME, MI, NJ, RI, VT

  • Workshop

    Climate Change and Southern New England Forests

    Climate Change and Southern New England Forests was organized to enable natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management and conservation. About 90 professionals...

    CT, New England, Workshop, MA, RI

  • PPT

    Southern New England Forests: Future Climate Change

    Presentation by Ray Bradley (University of Massachusetts- Amherst) on future projections of climate change from the Climate Change and Southern New England Forest event held on Sept. 23, 2014.

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, RI

  • PPT

    Southern New England Forests: Climate Change Impacts

    Climate change and forests presentation by Maria Janowiak (Northern Insitute of Applied Climate Science) from the Climate Change and Southern New England Forest event held on Sept. 23, 2014. 9 Ways...

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, RI

  • PPT

    Southern New England Forests: Climate Change and Wildlife

    Climate change and wildlife presentation from the Climate Change and Southern New England Forest event held on Sept. 23, 2014.

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, RI

  • PPT

    Southern New England Forests: Adapting Forests to Climate Change

    Presentation on forest adaptation from the Climate Change and Southern New England Forest event held on Sept. 23, 2014.

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, RI

  • PPT

    Southern New England Forests: Introduction to Climate Change Event

    Introductory presentation from the Climate Change and Southern New England Forest event held on Sept. 23, 2014.

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, RI

  • Workshop

    Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices: Amherst

    We are hosting a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices session on September 24. Details are included in the attached document.

    CT, New England, Workshop, MA, RI

  • Workshop

    Climate Change and Southern New England Forests: Flyer

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science is hosting a workshop on Climate Change and Southern New England Forests for natural resource professionals on September 23 in Amherst, MA. Download t...

    CT, New England, Workshop, Demonstration Projects, MA, RI

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